Our Team

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Chair: Matilde Irigoyen, M.D. (she/her)

Vice-Chair: Robert Bonner, M.D. (he/him)

Program Director: Kelly Bradley-Dodds, M.D. (she/her)

Associate Program Director: Sohni Dean, M.D. (she/her)

Associate Program Director: Raymond A. Cattaneo, M.D., M.P.H (he/him)

Coordinator: Alaena Bailey (she/her)

Administrative Assistant: Carole Andretta (she/her)


  • Mayssa Abuali, M.D. (she/her)
  • Leigh Anetor-Jamison, D.O. (she/her)
  • Aureen Baksh, M.D. (she/her)
  • Miriam Bar-on (she/her)
  • Robert Bonner, M.D. (he/him)
  • Kelly Bradley-Dodds, M.D. (she/her)
  • Gail Cameron, M.D.
  • Raymond A. Cattaneo, M.D., M.P.H. (he/him)
  • Sohni Dean, M.D. (she/her)
  • Cindy DeLago (she/her)
  • Nora Esteban-Cruciani, M.D. (she/her)
  • Rachel Fleishman, M.D. (she/her)
  • Joy Friedman, M.D. (she/her)
  • Tracey Harris, M.D. (she/her)
  • Matilde Irigoyen, M.D. (she/her)
  • Nandini Iyengar (she/her)
  • Michael Janeczkeo, M.D. (he/him)
  • Susan Leib, M.D., M.P.H. (she/her)
  • Manuel Peregrino, M.D., M.P.H. (he/him)
  • Agnes Salvador, M.D. (she/her)
  • Alan M. Schindler, M.D.
  • David L. Schutzman, M.D. (he/him)

Current Residents

Class of 2023

Ali Abdelhafiz, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Cairo, Egypt
Medical School: Cairo University Faculty of Medicine
Medical Interest(s): Specialty, private practice, Hospitalist
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and our beautiful son, social gatherings, soccer (watching and playing)

Afaf Ahmed, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): United Arab Emirates
Medical School: University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine
Medical Interest(s):
Hobbies: Cooking, origami, transformational makeup and fashion

Cory Alexieff, D.O. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): New Jersey
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University – Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interest(s): Hospital Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Public Health Policy, Health & Healthcare Disparities
Hobbies: I’m a lifelong ice hockey player. I enjoy cycling, golfing, reading fiction, expanding my record collection, and re-watching The Office for the 100th time

Nazym Bashkenova, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Turkey
Medical School: Turgut Özal Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi
Medical Interest(s):
Hobbies: Running, dancing, cycling, cooking, reading

Reymundo Bisarini, M.D. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): La Guaira, Venezuela
Medical School: Luis Razetti School of Medicine – Universidad Central de Venezuela
Medical Interest(s): Pulmonology, ED
Hobbies: Weightlifting, biking, hiking, discovering new coffee places and eating as many donuts as I can

Rasha Elrefai, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Egypt
Medical School: Cairo University Faculty of Medicine
Medical Interest(s):
Hobbies: Traveling and exploring different cultures, listening to classic music, playing with my kids, cooking with my daughter, watching documentaries, playing table tennis and swimming

Rubens Garcia, M.D. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): New York, NY (I came to NYC from Venezuela as a 9-month-old, and it’s been home ever since)
Medical School: Universidad Central De Este
Medical Interest(s): Child Neurology
Hobbies: During baseball season you can catch me celebrating a win or throwing my pager at the tv – no in-between. While in the off-season, I hibernate and achieve my highest resting potential (ha, get it?!)

Natalie Gonźalez, D.O.
Meaningful Place(s): Washington, DC
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia Campus)
Medical Interest(s): Neonatology, Outpatient Pediatrics, Academia
Hobbies: Spending time with my kittens, watching movies, watching reality TV, cooking with my significant other

Iris Navarro, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Honduras (home country) and Costa Rica
Medical School: Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
Medical Interest(s): Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Global Health
Hobbies: Cross country running, hiking, reading, cooking and drinking coffee

Soraya Oruya, M.D.

Meaningful Place(s): Kenya – needless to say, home will always be where the heart is
Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada
Medical Interest(s): Pediatric Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics
Hobbies: Fitness, fashion & design, food and travel

Class of 2022

Heba Abulsheour, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Alexandria, Egypt; Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt
Medical Interest(s): Neonatology, Genetics, refugees and migrants health, Global Health
Hobbies: Snorkeling, hiking, collecting coins, raising cats, dogs, iguanas--nearly any animal

Harkeerat Bhullar, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Toronto, Canada
Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine
Medical Interest(s): How and why some genes are expressed in certain individuals, while remaining silent in others. Variance in phenotypic expression, how it relates to our environment and what we can do about it. 
Hobbies: Big-time foodie with a major sweet tooth. I love being creative, working with my hands, painting, drawing and gardening.

Katrina Blakenhorn, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): New York, New York
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Medical Interest(s): Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Hobbies: Exploring with my dog, surfing, anything at the beach, reading, traveling (specifically to anywhere with good food!), and spending quality time with my friends, family and fiancé.

Ugur Damar, M.D. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): Manchester-by-the-sea, Peaks Island, Istanbul, Montevideo, Izmir
Medical School: Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey
Medical Interest(s): Traumatic brain injury, noninvasive brain stimulation, neurocircuitry biomarkers
Hobbies: Football, basketball, alto saxophone, clarinet, guitar

Sarah Khan, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Ziauddin Medical College, Karachi
Medical Interest(s): Pediatric Cardiology, Neonatology
Hobbies: Singing (albeit being utterly tone-deaf) and following current affairs

Priyanka Kharayat, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Delhi, India
Medical School: Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College, India
Medical Interest(s): Critical Care, Cardiology
Hobbies: I love being outdoors and travelling. I like reading fiction novels. I am learning aerial dancing and guitar. I like going to plays and concerts. I volunteer at dog shelter. I like reading fiction novels.

Sana Mahmood, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Lahore, Pakistan
Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College
Medical Interest(s): Peds Cardiology, Peds Pulmonology
Hobbies: I love reading as much fantasy fiction I can get my hands on. My bucket list is to see as much of the US as I can during my vacations. I like to discover new places in Philly.

Shima Mehrizi, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Tehran, Iran; Vancouver, Canada 
Medical School: Saint James School of Medicine 
Medical Interest(s): Doctor-patient communication, medical humanities, and better addressing health inequities in clinical settings. 
Hobbies: I enjoy outdoor activities, travelling, bowling, yoga, painting, reading, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, and spending time with family. 

S. Samar Sohail, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Islamabad, Pakistan
Medical School: Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Med interest: NICU, Pediatric Cardiology
Hobbies: I really enjoy watercolor painting. I absolutely love all kinds of animals (although I am more of a cat person). 

Saranya Thilak, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Anyplace where humanity and love exist
Medical school: Kilpauk Medical College, India
Medical Interest(s): Infectious Diseases, Primary Care
Hobbies: I like to travel around, explore new places and a big-time foodie. Also cooking, baking and binge-watching Netflix. Though currently my one-year old cutie is keeping me busy, I have a bucket list of places to travel as a family now and start building nice memories.

Class of 2021

Rhea Basu, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: St. George's - University of London
Medical Interest(s): Neonatology
Hobbies: International travel, cooking/baking, and going to concerts

Naimeh Da Silva, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Caracas, Venezuela
Medical School: Luis Razetti School of Medicine - Universidad Central de Venezuela
Medical Interest(s): GI, Allergy/Immunology, Global Health
Hobbies: Volleyball, going to concerts, drawing/painting, Pilates

Margarita Dionysiou, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Cyprus
Medical School: Democritus University of Thrace School of Medicine, Greece
Medical Interest(s): Hematologic malignancies, Genetics, nutrition
Hobbies: Weightlifting, painting, music

Ishita Ghosh, M.D., M.S. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Houston, Austin, New York
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten
Medical Interest(s): Advocacy, Adolescent Medicine, Lactation Research, and Neonatology
Hobbies: Hiking, plants/gardening, music, fashion and architecture

Nathaniel Green, M.D. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Medical Interest(s): Neurology, Infectious Disease, Acute Care
Hobbies: Spending time with family, swimming, surfing, skiing, tennis, guitar, medical education, business development, and fundraising

Sally Kandah, M.D. (she/her)
Meaningful Place(s): Palestine and California
Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Medical Interest(s): Primary care
Hobbies: Photography

Nazli Kuter, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Bursa, Turkey
Medical School: Marmara University School of Medicine, Turkey
Medical Interest(s): Neonatology, basic science research
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, dancing, and reading

Uvaraj Periasamy, M.D. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): Chennai, India
Medical School: PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Peelamedu, Coimbatore
Medical Interest(s): Critical Care Medicine
Hobbies: I love to play badminton.

Juan Snijder, M.D. (he/him)
Meaningful Place(s): Caracas, Venezuela
Medical School: Escuela de Medicina Luis Razetti - Universidad Central de Venezuela
Medical Interest(s): Cancer and Immunology 
Hobbies: Playing bass guitar, music, and dogs

Anna Maria Sowa, M.D.
Meaningful Place(s): Warsaw, Poland
Medical School: Medical University of Warsaw
Medical Interest(s): Pediatric Hematology-Oncology – especially solid tumors
Hobbies: Playing violin in the Abington Symphony Orchestra, Global Health, reading books, sailing, skiing

Chief Resident
Bavan Singh, M.D. 

Meaningful Place(s): Newport Beach, California
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Medical Interest(s): Child protection, Academia, and Legislative Advocacy
Hobbies: Other than pretending I'm funny? I also enjoy playing, singing, and listening to Indian classical music.

Alumni Fellowship and Job Placement

Einstein is proud to continually place graduates in top fellowship training programs as well as excellent inpatient and outpatient general pediatrics positions. Here is a list of our recent graduates and where they are now:

Class of 2020

Isabel Castillo, M.D. – Primary Care, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Philadelphia, PA
Valeria Diaz-Fragachan, M.D. – Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Irene Frantzis, M.D. – Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, Columbus University Medical Center, New York, NY
Jody Grundman, M.D. – Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC
Krystel Newton, M.D. – Neonatology Fellowship, Loma-Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
Brittany Rouchou, M.D. – Pediatric Critical Care Hospitalist, CHOP, Philadelphia, PA
Meesha Sharma, M.D. – Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Bavan Singh, M.D. – Chief Resident, 2020-2021
Stefania Soria, M.D. – Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Mariam Taleb, M.D. – Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Sophie Yuth, M.D. – General Pediatrician, Springfield, VA

Class of 2019
Alumni Categorical Program

Bayan Abdallah, M.D. - Pulmonology Fellowship, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Eman Abdelghani, M.D. - Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
Saba Fatima, M.D. - Pediatric Hospitalist, Kansas University School of Medicine, Wichita, KS
Nicolas Mottola, M.D. - General Pediatrician, Kaiser Permanente. San Francisco, CA 
Annarita Nicosia, M.D. - Medical Genetics Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
M. Elizabeth Pease, D.O.- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Brittany Rouchou, M.D. - Chief Resident, 2019-2020
Dafna Sudai, M.D. - General Pediatrician, Toronto, Canada
Rebecca Suflas, M.D. - Neonatology Fellowship, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Molly Taylor, M.D. - Pediatric Hospitalist Fellow, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
Enrique Valladares, M.D. - Pediatric Hospitalist, Valley Children’s Hospital, Fresno, CA

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